Burroughs defeats La Canada 2-1 behind Eliot Ross's go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the 5th

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The John Burroughs Bears, fresh off an 8-3 victory over Excelsior Charter on Tuesday night, came away with their 6th straight victory, a 2-1 triumph over the La Canada Spartans. Elliot Ross’s go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the 5th inning put the Bears in position for the win. La Canada entered the contest with a 1-run loss to Azusa by the final of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Smith stranded Spartan runners at 1st and 3rd base and Flynn Lewis retired the side to get the evening started for both teams. Joe Bell started the Spartans’ scoring with an opposite-field solo home run to right field. The Bears had an opportunity to answer in the 2nd inning, with Devin Whittenkiend and Drossin reaching base on walks, but both were left stranded to keep the score at 1-0. Kyle Smith bounced back in the top of the 3rd inning by retiring the side to keep Burroughs within a run.

Burroughs got on the board with a Nickolas Fritz single that brought home Nate Chapman to tie the game. Fritz was thrown out at 2nd base to end the inning while attempting to stretch the single into a double. Eliott Ross delivered in the clutch with a go-ahead RBI double, which scored Dylan Connahan to give the Bears a 2-1 lead over the Spartans. Ryan Walsh earned the save by retiring the side in order in the top of the 7th inning.

“I love the clutch situation and the high-pressure moment so my mindset was to find a good pitch to hit,” said Bears freshman starting 3rd baseman Elliot Ross. Ross stated that the pitching staff played a big role in the win for Burroughs.

“This was a great team win, we had great hits when we needed it,” said Bears coach Matt Magallon. Magallon said that Elliot Ross is a rising star as a freshman on the team when asked about his go-ahead RBI double in the 5th.

Burroughs improves to 11-2 while La Canada drops to 4-5 on the season. La Canada plays its next contest on Saturday, March 23rd against Alhambra on the road with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m., while Burroughs will resume Pacific League play on Tuesday, March 26th with a 2-game home-and-home series with Glendale with the first pitch slated for 3:45 p.m.

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